Peak-oil enthusiasts and skeptics alike will find much to chew on in this page-one piece from today's Wall Street Journal. By all accounts, China's explosive energy-demand growth over the past several years has strained the ability of OPEC and other oil producers to keep up. Now, the Journal claims, that pressure shows signs of easing: This year, China is on track to account for about 16% of the world's new oil consumption, little more than half last year's share. The Centre for Global Energy Studies estimates that Chinese demand will rise by about 230,000 barrels of oil a day this …
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Tom Philpott was Grist's senior food writer until May 2011. He now writes for Mother Jones.
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